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Beloved son, brother, cherished friend, public servant, and committed advocate for justice and inclusion Manu Bhardwaj, 39, unexpectedly passed away on July 9, 2018. Manu led a distinguished career in public service - having served in all three branches of the U.S. government, including the White House, U.S. Senate and in a U.S. District Court. He began his career as an intern in the Office of First Lady Hillary Rodman Clinton in 2000 before being hired as a paralegal in the White House Special Counsel's office where he served until 2001. After the Clinton-Gore Administration, he joined the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Michigan in 2005. He was a law clerk and practicing attorney before joining the Obama-Biden transition team, and one of a small cohort of political appointees who served for the full eight years of the administration. As a Senior Advisor on Technology and Internet Policy to the Under Secretary of State and three U.S. Ambassadors, Manu worked tirelessly to implement fair, inclusive and thoughtful policies on matters related to internet policy, national security, data privacy, trade, intellectual property and cybersecurity. Most recently, Manu served as Vice President for Research for the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. There he led technology initiatives to increase inclusive growth and economic empowerment globally. Manu was a member of the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum's Internet for All Initiative, Internet Affairs Advisor at the Internet Inclusion Initiative, founding member of the of the People Centered Internet and a Global Affairs Advisor at Northwestern's Office of the President. A Chicago native, he earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in 2000 where he was elected Student Body Vice President, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 2005. He is survived by his parents Naresh and Neelam Bhardwaj, grandmother Krishna Gandher, sister Neha Bhardwaj, brother-in-law Christopher Sherman, and niece Simran Sherman. A funeral service in celebration of Manu's life will be held at 3:00p.m. CT, on Saturday, July 14, at Hari Om Mandir (6N020 Medinah Rd., Medinah, IL 60157).
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 14, 2018
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